The European Mama

A blog by a Polish mother living in the Netherlands with her German husband and three children about parenting, multilingualism, being European, and much much more.

Olga is a winner of Top 25 European Moms - 2013

In what ways is your home town unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

My hometown is Warsaw, Poland. It is unique because all the beauty is inside. On the outside, it is a grey, big city where people are always in a hurry. If you get to know it, however, you will find beatiful spots, wonderful cafes, lots of culture and shopping oportunities. We now live in the Netherlands- a country that is also unique because of its beauty- most towns here are old and very pretty, with lots of canals and bridges. This is especially the case with Delft that was our home for a while. In the Hague (we live close to there) there are many international institutions, shopping centres, and international schools- it's a big city and I love living close to it.

What do your kids love most about living in the European Union?

My children are still small, but I think the enjoy the easiness of travelling- the Netherlands which are a small country so we can travel to France, Germany and Belgium in no time, and copmared to my friends who are for example American, Canadian or Australian, visiting family is relatively easy. In our family, multiple languages are spoken: I speak Polish with the children, my husband speaks German and they go to a Dutch school (our eldest) or daycare (the two younger children). I am sure the children will appreciate to love that as well.

What outdoor activity do you enjoy doing most with your kids?

Going to the beach and going to the zoo. One of the reasons why I love living in the Netherlands is that it is so close to the sea. From where we live we can take the bus and be on the beach inWe can also go to Rotterdam where there is a huge zoo that the children love as well. Every time we go there, we discover something new!